Guatemala will decree a state of prevention due to arrival of migrant caravan





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Guatemala, Jan 13 (EFE) .- The Government of Guatemala will decree as of Thursday a state of prevention in seven departments of the country before the possible arrival of a migrant caravan from Honduras that seeks to head towards the United States.

The social communication office of the Guatemalan president, Alejandro Giammattei, detailed to journalists at the end of this Wednesday that the decree that orders the state of prevention will be published this Thursday in the official newspaper.

The decision is part of “the prevention and security actions contemplated” by the Giammattei government in the face of the “imminent intention of groups of people to move through the national territory,” according to the secretary of social communication, Patricia Letona.

The seven departments where the prevention status will be put into effect for a period of 15 days are Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Jutiapa, El Progreso, Santa Rosa and Petén, the first four of them bordering or very close to Honduras.

Precisely about 250 people left Honduras tonight in a caravan to the customs point of Corinto, on the border with Guatemala, with the idea of ​​reaching the United States, anticipating the mobilization that has been announced on social networks for next Friday.

The migrants left on foot from the Central Metropolitana de Autobuses de San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, located in the extreme south of that city, the second most important in that country, with an extended flag of their country, in blue and White.

Around 9:00 p.m. local time (03:00 GMT) on Wednesday, the small caravan, in which men, women and children go, stopped for a break on a boulevard, in the north of the city, in a point near the highway that, from San Pedro Sula, leads to Puerto Cortés, in the department of the same name, and Corinto.

The state of prevention ordered in Guatemala establishes certain limitations for the population such as open-air meetings, demonstrations or shows. In addition, it restricts the carrying of firearms.

Since last January 1, the first caravan of immigrants of the year has been promoted on social networks in Honduras, which hopes to leave these days and reach the United States, despite the fact that immigration authorities in that country, in addition to Guatemala and Mexico, have warned that they will not allow the entry of people who move irregularly.

(c) EFE Agency

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